The Joy of Being a Priest: Following the Curé of Ars

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This insightful book on the priesthood is based on a series of six talks that Cardinal Schönborn addressed to an international group of priests in Ars, the village where the famed St. John Vianney served as pastor. Vianney, known as the Curé of Ars, is the patron of the "Year For Priests" announced by Pope Benedict XVI. In these talks, the Cardinal summarized the vocation, challenge, and joy of the priesthood, drawing on the life of the Curé of Ars, the writings of St. Thérèse of Liseux, St. Faustina Kowalska, ...

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Overview

This insightful book on the priesthood is based on a series of six talks that Cardinal Schönborn addressed to an international group of priests in Ars, the village where the famed St. John Vianney served as pastor. Vianney, known as the Curé of Ars, is the patron of the "Year For Priests" announced by Pope Benedict XVI. In these talks, the Cardinal summarized the vocation, challenge, and joy of the priesthood, drawing on the life of the Curé of Ars, the writings of St. Thérèse of Liseux, St. Faustina Kowalska, and many other saints and holy people.

Gathered together in this short but profound volume, these insights by the highly respected theologian and spiritual writer Cardinal Schönborn will inspire the priest as well as the layman, giving sage counsel to all who are striving for perfection in their vocation. The Cardinal speaks on the vocation to the priesthood; the importance of mercy, prayer, and spiritual combat; the Eucharist; preaching and the mission of the priest; and the importance of Our Lady to priests.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781586174767
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Priestly Vocation: Consecrated for the Salvation of the World 7

1 God's plan: To form his family, the Church 8

2 The Apostles and their successors: Servants of God's plan 12

3 Baptismal priesthood and ministerial priesthood: The Council's teaching 15

II At the Sources of Mercy 23

1 In the school of the mercy of Jesus 25

2 Confession, "the tribunal of mercy" 32

III Prayer and Spiritual Combat 47

1 The happiness of praying 47

2 The prayer of Jesus---place of our prayer 51

3 The battle of prayer 57

4 From battle to confidence 62

IV The Eucharist and Pastoral Charity 68

1 The Eucharist, source of joy and life 68

2 The gift of the Eucharist---entrusted to very fragile men 72

V Preaching and Mission: Questions and Answers 87

Introduction: The Call of the Twelve 87

1 Question of Father Francis Jones, missionary in Latin America, on the life of prayer 88

2 Question of Father Pierre-Emmanuel from Switzerland on youth evangelization 91

Testimony of Sister Catherine of the Trinity 93

Response of Cardinal Schönborn 98

3 Question from Father Antonio, a Portuguese priest from a diocese south of Lisbon, on exorcism and the practice thereof 98

4 Question of Father Marion about divorced and remarried Catholics 102

VI Mary and Priests 112

1 Mary's faith 112

2 The pastoral approach of Mary 121

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